If you don't like lighter fluid check out the weber charcoal chimney starter, it's a life changer for getting a hot bed of coals going quickly. Using lump charcoal instead of briquettes accomplishes the same thing you are trying to do as well. Jimmy you sound like my kind of guy. Multiple pits/BBQs for eery occasion. I've got an offset smoker that I use when I'm really looking to spend a lot of time doing things right. I also have a 27" Weber Kettle. I use that whenever I can for burgers/dogs/steaks/chicken. I've turned out some great ribs and fantastic smoked tritip on that thing as well. It's roomy enough tat you can get a low fire going with some soaked wood chips for smoke and cook things nice and slow on it. My weber gas grill sees the most use, like you, due to convenience. I love it though and I've cooked anything and everything on it, and it's reliable and durable. I would highly recommend (as I have in the past) that anyone looking to get into smoking/BBQ get a Weber smokey mountain. It's a great and cost effective way to get into smoking and if it's not your thing, you're not out a ton of dough. If it is your thing, it makes a great backup smoker.